NEW DELHI : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer in connection with the leak of the agency’s internal probe documents against the former Maharashtra home minister, officials said.
Anand Daga, a lawyer from Anil Deshmukh’s legal team, was arrested late Wednesday night after questioning, sources said. Daga has been brought to Delhi on a transit remand.
On Wednesday evening,Abhishek Tiwari, a sub-inspector rank officer of the CBI, was arrested after he allegedly accepted illegal gratification from people close to Anil Deshmukh. Sources said he was also allegedly in touch with lawyer Anand Daga.Daga was detained on Wednesday from Anil Deshmukh’s Mumbai residence.”CBI has registered a case against its sub-inspector, a Nagpur-based advocate and unknown others on certain allegations, including illegal gratification. During the investigation of said case, the CBI has today (Wednesday) arrested the sub-inspector. The said advocate is being questioned,” said CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi to India Today.Searches were also conducted by the agency at the premises linked to Abhishek Tiwari in Prayagraj and Delhi. Meanwhile, as per sources, the CBI officials also questioned Anil Deshmukh’s son-in-law, Gaurav Chaturvedi, on Wednesday. He, however, was allowed to leave by the agency later.The 65-page leaked documents, which were sent to various news organisations, suggested that the CBI’s investigative officer had opined that no cognisable offence could be made out against Anil Deshmukh and recommended closure of a preliminary inquiry.
However, an FIR was filed by the CBI against Anil Deshmukh and others under corruption charges.
The preliminary inquiry was conducted by the CBI on orders of the Bombay High Court. Several pleas were filed before the court after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had alleged that Anil Deshmukh had asked terminated police officer Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore per month from the bars of Mumbai and via other means.”On completion of preliminary enquiry (PE), the competent authority directed registration of a regular case based on evidence collected during PE and the legal opinion,” said the CBI.After the internal documents came into the public domain, the Congress and NCP demanded an inquiry asking why the case was lodged against Anil Deshmukh when the CBI officer found no evidence of corruption.